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April 11, 2021 ~ New Moon in Aries

My April 2021 Forecast noted:

April 11 New Moon in Aries at 10:31 p.m. Eastern Daylight time. This New Moon conjuncts Venus (~within 4 degrees), which exactly squares Pluto. Expect seductive friction between the deep unconscious underworld and the goddess of love. Light of the Sun, emotions of the Moon deepen the intimacy and love of this New Moon reset. The Pluto/Persephone myth feels extra relevant with all the Spring energies in the Northern Hemisphere. What once felt dead and barren pushes through and flowers. This New Moon/Venus conjunction sextiles Mars in Gemini, bringing courage to fight for love and beauty.

With Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Chiron all in Aries, this New Moon emphasizes new beginnings and a sense of rebirth. According to Dane Rudhyar, the Sabian Symbol for 23° Aries is:

A PREGNANT WOMAN IN LIGHT SUMMER DRESS.                        

KEYNOTE: Fecundity.

INNER FULFILLMENT. (See full symbol interpretation here.)

In other words, most of the energy of this New Moon bodes well, especially for people who’ve “done their inner work” over the past long, strange year. The imagery reminds me of the Empress card, one meaning of which is “a woman carefully planning for her future.”

Rider-Waite-Smith deck

Traditionally, the Empress is a pregnant young woman, surrounded by physical abundance and the shield of Venus. We can think of her as Mother Nature, or the divine feminine life force energy. Queen of the Land as the Great Cosmic Mother.

What’s been gestating inside of you during the past six months to a year? Venus square Pluto and the New Moon suggests something deep, passionate and lovely. An element of secrecy remains until the actual birth, but by now, signs of pregnancy and fecundity abound — at least for those who know where and how to look.

A fresh sense of optimism and potential softens the intensity of Pluto squaring Venus, Sun and Moon.

April 2021 Forecast and Second Quarter North Node Horoscopes

APRIL 2021 FORECAST

April offers softer energy than we’ve felt so far in 2021. This gentleness and all direct planets (until April 27) suggest that things can begin to move forward more easily after a long, slow, surreal First Quarter. Do not mistake subtlety for lack of passion. The end of the month releases massive amounts of pent up love.

April 1 Mercury sextile Pluto. This transit favors investigation and deep conversations about shame, darkness, death and rebirth. A gentle time to reveal secrets and hidden things.

April 6 Venus sextile Mars: a low key alignment of cosmic lovers. No need to push or rush. This transit encourages confidence and an ability to soothe and smooth rough edges in relationships — romantic or otherwise.

(Mars and Venus, by Botticelli, c 1485. National Gallery, London)

April 9th, Saturn trine the transiting North Node. Saturn, Lord of Karma, creates a butterfly effect with Wounded Healer Chiron and the transiting nodal axis — where we’ve been as a collective, and where we need to go. These harmonious trine and sextile alignments literally look like a butterfly, but they also offer potential for small adjustments to trigger major healing and realignment with destiny. Because these points move somewhat slowly, we’ll continue to feel this butterfly effect throughout the month. Pay attention when coincidences and inner guidance suggest new structures, directions and/or discipline. The next few weeks might feel like a much needed series of cosmic chiropractic adjustments. Trust the process. It will allow for greater ease and flexibility in the long run.

April 11 New Moon in Aries at 10:31 p.m. Eastern Daylight time. This New Moon conjuncts Venus (~within 4 degrees), which exactly squares Pluto. Expect seductive friction between the deep unconscious underworld and the goddess of love. Light of the Sun, emotions of the Moon deepen the intimacy and love of this New Moon reset. The Pluto/Persephone myth feels extra relevant with all the Spring energies in the Northern Hemisphere. What once felt dead and barren pushes through and flowers. This New Moon/Venus conjunction sextiles Mars in Gemini, bringing courage to fight for love and beauty.

April 14 Venus enters her home sign Taurus at 2:22 p.m. Eastern time. Emphasis turns to pleasure, finance and self-esteem. Venus remains in Taurus until May 8, giving us three weeks ripe for romance and at-home spa dates. Moisturize those elbows, start an exercise program, and celebrate your sensual side.

April 19 Mercury and the Sun enter Taurus. A good time for humor, creativity and earthy endeavors. Mercury in Taurus could steady and ground unstable communication, and also encourage slow, deliberate analysis and explanation. The Sun brings a month of light and energy to the most Hobbit-like sign. Enjoy good food, good drink and a good dose of common sense.

April 23 Mars enters Cancer and remains there until June 12. The fiery warrior can feel frustrated in watery Cancer. You’ll reap more from this transit by honoring emotions as a source of power. Get in touch with your feelings. Notice how they ebb and flow. Intentions will manifest easier during times of the Waxing Moon (between New Moon and Full Moon). You’ll find it easier to release things during a Waning Moon (between the Full Moon and New Moon). True in general, this proves extra useful while Mars moves through Mother Moon’s sign.

April 26th Full Moon in Scorpio at 11:31 p.m. Eastern. This Full Moon occurs amidst those beautiful, supportive trines and sextiles of Saturn and Chiron to the transiting nodal axis (where we’ve been as a collective and where we’re headed). Watch for healing lessons that allow individuals and society to move forward, releasing that which no longer serves. This Full Moon will feel extra deep and introspective, since Scorpio’s ruler Pluto stations retrograde the next day. Prepare for a soulful dive into the Underworld. People fear the dark, but that’s where we find the jewels.

April 30 Sun conjunct Uranus. The fiery Sun ignites lightning bolt Uranus. This meeting occurs with messenger Mercury, goddess of love Venus, rebel Uranus and wild woman Black Moon Lilith all in slow, sensual Taurus — while the feminine Moon in patriarchal Capricorn opposes macho Mars in (s)motherly Cancer. Expect the unexpected, but this combination might feel like Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell.

Find ways to ground spontaneous knowing and inspired rebellion into tangible form. If you feel trapped or frustrated, funnel that energy into determination. Not only is there light at the end of this tunnel — but flashes of a wildly authentic new reality. Allow these visions to guide you through more mundane parts of the journey. Remember, “Little by little one travels far.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien

How April’s sky weather affects you will vary, depending on your entire natal chart, but your North Node Horoscope transcends monthly sky events. That’s because your North Node reveals what your soul came here to do. By midlife, the soul starts longing and pressing us to live our true purpose. At first, it whispers through intuition. Then it knocks a little louder through “coincidences” and external events. When not heard and honored, the soul’s longing can show up as health crises, marriage or work issues, or wondering “is this all there is?” If you feel a need to reinvent yourself, following North Node guidance helps you do that authentically — for you.

Unlike generic Sun Sign horoscopes, which ignore so many other aspects, following North Node guidance will always lead you in the right direction. Doors open, healing happens, relationships improve, and life gets more magical. This monthly column will help you tap into your personal North Node Mojo. When you start living your North Node purpose, we all win, because you not only begin to light up your own life. You light up the world.           – Laura

You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. (If you’re right on a cusp, consider both options, or book a reading for more clarity.)

SECOND QUARTER 2021 NORTH NODE HOROSCOPES

ARIES NORTH NODE: Second Quarter explodes into your life with good intentions. Your nodal axis ignites with all the activity in Aries, Aquarius and Gemini. Air feeds Fire, and your passion for justice alternately flickers and burns strong over the next three months. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Righting injustice requires you to wield your own sword of truth and liberation. Late April through early June could spark inner tension and doubt as Mars moves through Cancer. Use these shadowboxing moments to gain strength and clarity about what you need to succeed. Keep your eye on the prize, and create an action plan to address obstacles. Summon courage and take the lead. Beware of codependent behaviors that sneak in when you least expect. Pay more attention to how well things work than to how they look or what others might think. Try something new this quarter. Tradition is no match for mavericks.

TAURUS NORTH NODE: Law of Attraction comes into prominent play in Second Quarter 2021. April and May feature a lot of energy in your North Node sign — some of it potentially disruptive, with ongoing squares from Aquarius, too. Your Scorpio South Node already knows trauma drama, so focus attention on thriving no matter what. Taurus benefits from small, steady steps and habits. A daily mindfulness, yoga and/or breath practice will allow you to find and maintain your center, no matter what erupts around you. Learn to calm the volcano before it explodes. Yes, you know how to rise from the ashes, but you’ve already been there, done that. Focus on the finer things in life. You deserve quality in every area. If it requires determination, know you’re worth it. You don’t need to broadcast those desires. Few people can fathom your long term trajectory. Just keep going. Your sign ruler Venus comes home on April 14. Bask in her beauty, encouragement and love. Once you gather momentum, it carries you far.

GEMINI NORTH NODE: Stay strong, my friends! Second Quarter 2021 helps you awaken from the nightmare into something fresh and more relaxed. Deception, trickery and duplicity bother you more than most North Node natives, because your Sagittarius South Node loves Truth with a capital T. The Truth. One life lesson involves learning to look at things from many angles, choosing to embrace things in the best possible way for you. If something’s not working, pivot a little to the left or right. Do this often enough, and life becomes a dance. Focus less on getting things “right” and more on play. Pay attention to synchronicities. Mercury the Messenger rules your North Node sign, and makes you extra adept at tracking clues. Get creative, even if you only delight yourself. Little things matter, especially if they help you move through negative feelings caused by focusing on what you don’t want. Whenever you fixate, turn your gaze to something else. Literally. Turn your head; move your eyes. Welcome the new insights this practice brings.

CANCER NORTH NODE: Second Quarter 2021 involves some heavy lifting and hard work. If you feel burdened by caring for others, remember to pause for self-nurturing. Yes, you need this — especially when you think you don’t have time for it! Gather your spiritual tools and honor your changing moods and needs. This, too, shall pass. You have what it takes to do what must be done. If you allow for a more feminine, receptive approach, you’ll find support where you least expect. Moments of magic sneak into your awareness as you realize how all the elements converge to guide events. Lean into your emotions instead of trying to avoid them. Emotions bring raw energy, which can fuel desire and manifestation. When you align yourself with emotional tides, their flow carries you where you need to go. Invite quiet power and gentle commitment as you nurture new things into being. Breathe through any birth pangs, knowing the release will open space in the cosmic womb of creation. Sometimes you need to push, but you’re not alone anymore. Accept the support on offer.

LEO NORTH NODE: This next quarter is pivotal for Leo North Node natives, but you don’t control the timing. Major activations from the collective nodal axis in Gemini and Sagittarius, planets traversing your Aquarius South Node, and potent squares from all the activity in Taurus bring a sense of destiny and order as events unfold of their own accord. You still need to pay attention, because some of these energies create friction; however, any irritation will be productive and lead to more balanced living. Pay special attention to your physical and emotional bodies. When in doubt, choose moderation, because you could easily drive yourself too hard. No need to push, Leo! If your world feels upside down or inside out, recognize the temporary nature of these feelings. Even though you don’t know the exact how or when, slowly and surely, you’ve been building a more heartfelt foundation from which you can thrive and shine. As you gain clarity on old relationships and habits, relish moments to dance and play. Love is in the air — whether new love or a deeper love for your beautiful, radiant self. Open your heart and soak in the sunlight.

VIRGO NORTH NODE: Second Quarter 2021 brings creativity and hard work, but you’ll enjoy the process. It’s easy to get excited about something new, but you need to stick with it in order to reap the real benefits. Keep showing up, day by day, moment by moment, and those castles in the sky will take form in the here and now. Cultivate balance between daydreams and action. You need both in order to find success and satisfaction. Too much daydreaming leads to inaction. Keeping your nose to grindstone too long leads to burnout. Build in tiny breaks throughout your workday — moments of calm amidst the hustle bustle. Five minutes of chair yoga enhances overall productivity. Practice developing realistic expectations for yourself and others. Again, balance is key. Beware the pedestal that tips over and leads to disillusion. No one’s perfect. Troubleshooting and accurate assessments of strength and weakness help you to bring more of what you like into being. It’s OK to use your left brain sometimes! When married to the creative, intuitive side, that left brain brings accountability, punctuality and dreams come true. If you’ve slipped into old habits or addictions, get back on the wagon. Life flows better when you do.

LIBRA NORTH NODE: This next quarter brings activation from so many different angles that Libra North Node natives may need a time out to catch up. Practice patience as you view things from a new perspective. Your Aries South Node loves to rush in, but fast action is not always right action. Your mental realm of thought, words and intentions could undergo significant shifts from April thru June 2021. If you don’t know where you’re going, don’t just forge ahead. You’ll save time and heartache if you first allow yourself to integrate new information and experiences. Wise counsel from a trusted friend or elder may prove key to your success and happiness. Bring partners into any decisions that would affect them, too. Pay attention to dreams — especially “bad” ones. So called nightmares help you navigate challenges in your sleep so that you can move forward better in waking life. If something seems confusing or outrageous, ask for help and clarity. When possible, seek the middle way and compromise. Sometimes situations just need a little modification. Focus on bridge building. You do not need to burn bridges. If you lean into the astro energies this quarter, they’ll do a lot of the work for you. Peace in, peace out.

SCORPIO NORTH NODE: Second Quarter 2021 brings golden opportunities, provided you move beyond Taurus South Node over-concern about finances, health, and security. Scorpio North Node natives resist change … and yet, of all the North Node signs, yours most thrives through change. Notice any tendencies to latch onto the worst case scenario. When you catch yourself doing this, affirm your intention to recognize and receive the blessings. All is not as it appears. Instead of cowering in fear, boldly explore better options. Like an alchemist transmuting baser metals into gold, that which no longer serves you will transform into deeper, richer, and more fulfilling life. Allow this process of rebirth to occur. You can’t stop the life force energy, but you can align with it. You can dance with change. You are strong, mysterious and magical. Like the phoenix, you rise from the ashes, again and again. This is life, the exuberant tulip bursting through soil as winter’s grip subsides. You have an uncanny ability to go deep and high, to contract and expand. You’re a supernova. Once you accept this about yourself, you will always find the light. You have spiritual protection, the best security force in the Universe.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE: The world is at your feet! If you’ve felt cooped up this past year, get out and go somewhere. Travel helps you magnetize joy and abundance to your life. As the transiting South Node continues to make its way through your North Node sign, you might feel opposite to the collective experience. That’s OK. You need to follow your own intuitive guidance. Second Quarter 2021 brings opportunities for greater community, love and financial support. If it feels right to you, then don’t be afraid to commit to something that makes your heart sing. Just because the rest of the world remains in a kind of surreal pause doesn’t mean you need to fidget and twiddle your thumbs. This time, right now, offers rainbows and the proverbial pot of gold. Keep your eyes open and faith high. Seek Truth and allow yourself to believe in good things. Old contacts could resurface with positive results. If you hear from someone “out of the blue,” ask your angels to reveal the higher purpose of this connection. Destiny level transits are in play for you. Nothing’s random — pay attention to synchronicities. If you feel adrift, check out Robert Moss’s book, “The Three Only Things.”

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE: Second Quarter 2021 brings a time of introspection and reflection. Notice any tension between your desires and opportunities to fulfill them. Pay attention to offers on the periphery of normal life. What seems insignificant or random right now deserves consideration. You might still opt for something more familiar, but do explore things outside your comfort zone. Your Cancer South Node gets triggered this quarter, which might make you feel more cautious than usual. If you feel the urge to run and hide, hang out for a little while longer. Breathe through any negative self talk, and focus on your gifts and skills. What do you already know? In which areas have you earned some authority? How can you feel more confident? Capricorn North Node natives are born leaders. As much as you enjoy hiding in your Cancer South Node shell, you’ll find fulfillment by accepting responsibility and putting yourself out there. You’ll also feel more secure as you gain self-sufficiency. Mature partnerships work for you, but beware of codependent relationships. Does someone make you feel small or insecure? Do you baby people instead of empowering them to stand on their own two feet? Honor your own and others’ natural growth process.

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE: The long beginning of a new cycle. With Saturn and Jupiter continuing in Aquarius, and a bunch of planets squaring from Taurus and trining from Gemini, Aquarius North Node natives activate throughout Second Quarter 2021. This process began on Winter Solstice 2020. Aquarius receives sudden inspiration, yet it’s a Fixed Sign. Aquarius is zany and unpredictable, but hopefully not foolhardy. Destiny’s smiling on you right now. Trust in the mantra “If not this, then something better.” You don’t need to jump at the first opportunity. Love, security, community, and a return to innocence are all on offer. Allow yourself to define these terms in unconventional ways. Ongoing nodal activations encourage new understanding of yourself in context to a larger whole. Aquarius is the Water Bearer. Consider what it means to bear water — to parched land or a thirsty stranger, to some cause that tugs on your heart. Focus on gratitude, especially in April. In what ways does your cup overflow? May asks you to explore connections with other beings. These could include people, as well as animals or your environment. How can you feel more integral to the web of life? June brings opportunities to release old injuries. Forgiveness of self and others frees and energizes you.

PISCES NORTH NODE: Second Quarter 2021 brings a possibility of travel. If you feel blind right now, unable to see clearly, breathe through the anxiety. Focus on one breath at a time, following it in, then out, then in, then out. Pausing between each breath reminds you of the importance of sometimes not doing anything at all. Just observe. You can move into the unknown with Grace. You don’t always need to know your 5-year plan. Ground any nervous energy with regular exercise. Forget “no pain, no gain.” Instead, focus on whatever feels good to body and soul. Spend time in nature, roll out your yoga mat, or trance dance under the stars. Pay attention to younger people, or to younger iterations of yourself. What wisdom did you embody before you felt the need to grow up? Learn to wander and wonder. Recognize a Higher Power that moves through you with its own goals. As you align yourself with All That Is, you cleanse away those niggling should’s, but’s, and what if’s. Practice being here now, moment by moment. Again, follow your breath, pausing in between each breath. These potent pauses in life generate success. The more you focus on quieting your mind and tuning into your spirit, the wiser you become.

Full Moon in Libra ~ March 28, 2021

My March 2021 Forecast noted:

The March 28 Full Moon in Libra occurs opposite a tight conjunction of Sun, Venus and Chiron at 2:48 p.m. Eastern. This “Storm Moon” also occurs on Palm Sunday, which celebrates Jesus’ triumphant procession into Jerusalem. The joyful combo of Sun/Son, Goddess of Love and Beauty — conjunct Wounded Healer Chiron on a Full Moon, on the last Sunday before Easter — foreshadows the pietà. Read: exuberant joy, followed by grief, then some sort of resurrection. In the Christian tradition, Holy Week runs the full gamut of emotions. This Full Moon is exactly quincunx the rebel liberator Uranus in Taurus. It implies celebration, followed by an unexpected cleansing, redemption and healing. All tempered by Love.

Two other players join the mix: Trans-Neptunian-Object (TNO) Logos conjunct the Full Moon in Libra, and Asteroid Kassandra conjunct the Sun, Venus and Chiron in Aries.

Logos means “The Word” and represents rational thought, Truth and Order, as well as “the rational motivation behind something.” (More on Logos here.) I find this an interesting conjunction with the typically irrational Moon. The idea of Truth and Order also brings nuances with the sign Libra symbolized by the balanced scales of Justice.

In Greek mythology, Kassandra (or Cassandra) was a priestess of Apollo who spoke true prophecies that no one believed. This curse hurt both Kassandra and those who refused to listen to her warnings. Conjunct Venus, the Sun and Chiron, this Kassandra placement could shine love, light and healing on previously discarded prophecies. On the other hand, the wound and isolation (Chiron) of speaking a truth that no one believes (Kassandra) could increase by glossing over truth with just a superficial (Venus) nod.

Astrology reveals the archetypes and their alignments, but as with any party, we cannot know for sure how all the guests will behave! We can say with certainty that this Full Moon brings potential for healing by speaking the Truth in Love. Energies favor logical explanations for feelings, and revealed prophecies in context of a triumphant return.

If you’re the black sheep of your family and want to reconnect, this might be a good weekend to try. It would also be a good time for journaling, forgiveness of self and others, and turning towards the past for inspiration. The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is:

PHASE 189 (LIBRA 9°): THREE “OLD MASTERS” HANGING ON THE WALL OF A SPECIAL ROOM IN AN ART GALLERY.

KEYNOTE: The need to return to source during a confused search for new value in a chaotic society. (More here.)

The connection to an art gallery jumped out at me, because the February 27, 2021 Full Moon in Virgo also dealt with art, in that case “AN EXPRESSIONIST PAINTER AT WORK.” The Full Moon in Libra focuses on “‘OLD MASTERS’ hanging on the wall of a special room in an art gallery.” To me, this speaks of creation and progression. Not just any old artists, but “old masters” from whom new artists (or leaders) can draw inspiration and create new forms tied to old ones.

This honoring of art and old masters fits well with the energies of 2021’s main astrological signature — Saturn in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus.

Collectively, we feel tensions between tradition and revolution. With each planet in signs the other would feel more comfortable in, this tension could play out as paradox. Sometimes people rebel by being more traditional, not less. Sometimes revolutionaries push for change that leads to greater, not fewer restrictions. Not all revolutions bring freedom. Not all coups bring oppression. This jousting between old and new, progressive and conservative, innovative and traditional runs all year, and in complex ways.

We can’t expect easy answers, but this Full Moon could encourage more balanced discussion. Perhaps Logos will temper some of the lunar emotional flare-ups.

In his Sabian Symbol for Libra 9, Dane Rudhyar goes on to note: At this fourth stage of the thirty-eighth sequence it is suggested that in the process of “Transfiguration” the presence of the greatest moments of the past is called upon, as Moses and Elijah were invoked in Jesus’ Transfiguration. The seed of the new day depends upon the seed of yesteryear for an experience of the cyclic continuity of spirit. This is the basis for the institutionalized ideal of APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION, the guruampara (an uninterrupted chain of gurus) of Indian tradition. (More here.)

“Transfiguration” refers to Jesus as he became radiant in glory on the mountain in front of his disciples, Peter, John and James. Moses and Elijah appear next to Jesus, and they all talk together. I mention this, because it further echoes the Logos and Kassandra conjunctions. Moses represents the Law, and Elijah represents the Prophets. I don’t know how this will play out, but I pay attention to double whammy symbols. You could even call it a triple whammy in that the Full Moon occurs on Palm Sunday, another key Biblical moment of “recognition.”

The Transfiguration, by Raphael, 1520

As always, how this Full Moon affects you depends on your natal chart, as well as on what levels you choose to engage these energies. In a world grown increasingly shrill and hysterical, this weekend offers a chance to explain actions, to speak the Truth in Love, and to heal through a delicate balance of rational, intuitive, emotional and prophetic awareness.

We won’t figure it all out all at once. The story unfolding through the sky and in ourselves transcends easy explanations on any one level. We can keep paying attention, though. We can open our minds and hearts to possibilities of strange occurrences in dimensions beyond what we see with our 3D eyes. We can honor our own roles as co-creators, and we can explore our own rules, regulations and desires for revolution.

We can also commit to shining in our own most authentic, loving ways. When we radiate our inner truth in the world’s darkness, one by one, we light up the world. And each other. We are interconnected in ways we can’t yet fully fathom.

Happy Full Moon! Love and blessings to all.

New Moon in Pisces: March 13, 2021

March 13 brings a New Moon in Pisces at 5:21 a.m. Eastern US time. My March Forecast noted:

Pisces is the sign of the mystic. We can use this month’s reset to reaffirm our individual place within the bigger picture. As the poet Kabir said, “All know that the drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop.” This New Moon conjuncts the Sun, Venus and Neptune, a heartfelt portal to bring dreams and fantasies to life.

In addition, the New Moon at 23 Pisces also conjuncts asteroid Iris at 20 Pisces and the Trans-Neptunian Object (TNO) Borasisi at 25 Pisces. In conjunction with Neptune at 20 Pisces, this cluster suggests a potential for revelations about deception. Of the major planets, Neptune rules the collective unconscious, dreams and higher spirituality, but also addictions, delusions and deception. Iris and Borasisi also deal with illusions and delusions — either their revelation or willful continuation. I don’t usually pay attention to these objects, but they caught my eye when I viewed a more detailed ephemeris.

Iris is Goddess of the Rainbow, a bringer of messages. According to http://darkstarastrology.com:

Like Mercury, Iris bridges two worlds, carries the Caduceus, and connects to the underworld. Iris is the marriage of water with air, since her father was a marine god and her mother a cloud nymph, she could travel through air and water with ease and is depicted with wings.

Asteroid Iris astrologically shows up liars through the element of water. This could be through cleansing, tears that well up out of nowhere or even alcohol. Iris is not really the one who punishes, that would be Jupiter’s and Juno’s job, but she is the goddess of revelation. In ones chart, Iris will show where you cannot succeed in lying.

According to http://alexasteroidastrology.com :

Borasisi is the name of the solar creation deity, also an actual sun of the fictional world, which forms the basis of a religious cult in Kurt Vonnegut’s 1963 novel “Cat’s Cradle.” The religion is a conscious collection of lies told to oneself in order to be happy, beliefs purposely adhered to although they are understood to be falsehoods. The themes of the book revolve around lies told in the name of religion, and the scientific quest for knowledge which threatens religious faith. The name Borasisi was given to a TNO, or Trans-Neptunian Object, in the Kuiper Belt region of the solar system, near Pluto.

Astrologically, Borasisi represents deception of all types, though especially those perpetrated by or in the name of religion. It relates to illusion and delusion, particularly conscious self-delusion, as well as the dangers of technological excess.

At the time of the New Moon, the Sun and Moon integrate light and dark, rational and intuitive — right in the middle of this cluster. If we lean into Venus as the Goddess of Love and Neptune’s expression of Higher Love, this gateway offers a huge opportunity for breaking through illusions and speaking the Truth in Love.

Asteroid Isis at 24 Pisces adds to the potential for healing through truth and integration. Isis is the Goddess of Motherhood and Healing. She gathers together all the pieces of her dead husband Osiris and brings him back to life in a different form. She represents powerful regeneration, Divine Feminine, Sacred Wisdom and Mystery.

How this potent conjunction from 19-25 Pisces plays out will depend on how consciously we interact with the energies. In a world that feels increasingly surreal, revelations could come, yet people still refuse to see that the Emperor has no clothes.

On the other hand, we can each pray for discernment. Open ourselves to seeing, speaking and hearing the Truth in Love. Allow ourselves to receive the dreamy New Moon energies and engage them in a healing, regenerative way.

As the storm clears, a rainbow appears.

March 2021 Specials

As always, I intuit which specials to offer each month. Given the amount of stress I’m hearing from people, I thought it was time to bring back the $77 Reiki Special. Stress suppresses immune function and makes life seem like a long, un-magical slog. Reiki not only eases stress, but it seems to smooth out the rough patches, opening people to living a more magical, synchronous life. Our unusual times offer a huge opportunity to level up. Reiki brings the energetic support to do just that.

The other special this month comes via multiple requests for it.

MARCH 2021 SPECIALS

$77 Reiki Special

Save $8 off the usual rate for an hour of long distance Reiki, an ancient healing method rediscovered in the 19th century by the Japanese monk Dr. Mikao Usui. The “Rei” in Reiki stands for “universal” or” spiritual,” and the “ki” corresponds to the “life force energy” known as “Chi” or “prana” in other Eastern systems of healing and energy work such as feng shui, Tai Chi, Qigong, or yoga.

Thus, Reiki refers to “universal life force energy,” “divinely directed healing energy,” or “life energy of a spiritual nature,” with an emphasis on subtle energy fields rather than the physical body. By working on all the different levels, Reiki helps the body to relax into a state that allows optimal self-healing. Reiki can clear negative energies, as well as empower and support intentions and events.

This session can be scheduled for a specific time delivery while you meditate or relax, or I can set the session for delivery while you’re in deep, receptive sleep. Depending on your needs, the hour can also get delivered during an important meeting, travel or other event.

Please contact me to sign up, and share (briefly) what you’d like to support, empower or heal. If you have specific timing in mind, please share that as well. $77 (instead of the usual $85) if prepaid on or before March 31, 2021. Please contact me to sign up.

Three For Two

So many requests for a repeat of this special! Here you go… Three hours for the price of two: save $222. This package can be used in whatever increments you choose — hour, 40-minute, half-hour, or 20-minute sessions — and for whatever services you’d like — Medical Intuition, Life Coaching, Astrology, Relationship Clarity, Soul Readings, or any other related service. $444 if prepaid on or before March 31, 2021. Please contact me to sign up.

February 27, 2021 Full Moon in Virgo

At 3:17 a.m. Eastern on February 27, we have a Full Moon in Virgo, closely trine Uranus in Taurus. These Earth signs offer a chance to ground electric, emotional energy into something tangible. Pay attention to sudden insights and inspired solutions.

2/27/2021 3:17 a.m., Kalamazoo, MI

This Full Moon at 8°57′ Virgo forms the apex of a Yod — aka Finger of God — formation with Chiron in Aries and Saturn in Aquarius as the base of the isosceles triangle. (You can see the green lines pointing to the Moon, and the blue line connecting Saturn and Chiron, which is the glyph that looks like a black key, as the base.)

Yod’s create huge tension and a divine mandate. Formed of two quincunxes and a sextile, they demand integration of signs with nothing overt in common.

This setup suggests a powerful opportunity for healing, leadership, and mentoring. Chiron was not only a wounded healer; he raised Asclepius — the god of medicine — and taught him how to heal. Virgo is a sign of service, symbolized by the vestal virgin “keepers of the flame.” Chiron in Aries sextile Saturn in Aquarius focuses this devotion and healing around the rightful place of individuals within the larger community. This Full Moon highlights what we independently need for personal healing, in tension with changes to traditions and structures that support the greater good.

Asteroid Hybris conjuncts Saturn at 8° Aquarius, suggesting a need for moderation. Hybris — from which we get the word hubris — takes things too far. Beware of overconfidence or “reading your own press release.” We each have roles to play in the complex reality unfolding before and within us. Leadership and expertise in one area does not mean perfection in all areas! With knit picky Virgo as the Yod’s apex, our minds can joust with emotions, ego, resistance and innovation. Sometimes Virgo gets overwhelmed by too many details that don’t make sense.

The Sun at 8°57′ Pisces offers a release point. Pisces evokes the bigger picture and a dissolution of ego. As much as we wrestle with the big questions, sometimes we need to “let go and let God.” When in doubt, say a prayer and sleep on it!

I love the Sabian symbol for this Full Moon. (Always round up for Sabian Symbols.):

PHASE 159 (VIRGO 9°): AN EXPRESSIONIST PAINTER AT WORK.

KEYNOTE: The urge to express one’s individualized sense of value regardless of tradition. (See more here.)

According to The Collector, “Expressionism was characterized by broad brush strokes, bright color pops and abstract styles. It aimed to express rather than depict physical reality. … Expressionism as an art movement can be very broad and difficult to characterize. It spans across different countries, mediums, movements and periods. Expressionist art was therefore not defined by a set of aesthetic principles, but rather as a tool of expression and societal commentary.”

Sounds like the tense Yod and Uranus trine of this Virgo Full Moon! If you feel like Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” …

“The Scream,” by Edvard Munch, 1893

… remember to lean into that Pisces Sun release point. Sometimes it takes a little”Fish Magic.”

“Fish Magic,” by Paul Klee, 1925

Just as Edvard Munch and Paul Klee were both Expressionist painters, with any astrology forecast, we can choose to engage these energies in different ways. Dane Rudhyar echoes this idea at the end of the Sabian Symbol for Virgo 9:

“But there is a great difference between being an origin of development pregnant with futurity, and deliberately sought for ORIGINALITY.”

Thou Art That — yet also This.

February 2021 Forecast and First Quarter North Node Horoscopes

FEBRUARY 2021 FORECAST

February begins with Venus entering Aquarius on the 1st, just in time for Imbolc or St. Bridget’s Day. Light a candle and clean house — metaphorically or otherwise. Cleaning moves old, stuck energy, and Aquarius loves to shake things up, especially after 2020’s slow, heavy Capricorn.

Venus brings the tally to five planets in Aquarius this month. That much Aquarian energy activates everyone, and communications could go extra wonky with Mercury retrograde until February 20. If someone hasn’t replied to your email or confirmed payment, don’t flip out — check to make sure nothing evaporated in transit. With Venus and Jupiter in the mix, we can expect some sweet spots, especially mid-month. Aquarius is the sign of friendship and the group. Open yourself to unusual collaboration. Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius North Node natives will feel extra zaps from all these Aquarian lightning bolts. At any given point this month, something’s bound to be activating your nodal axis of where you’re headed and where you’ve been.

Meanwhile, on the collective level, Neptune in Pisces continues to square the collective nodal axis of Gemini North Node and Sagittarius South Node. This transit adds an extra layer of confusion to rapid fire changes in how we navigate and understand consensus reality. We can wallow in disillusion, deception, nostalgia and addictions, or embrace the higher qualities of Neptune. Beauty, bigger picture spiritual awareness, inspiration, harmony and selfless service can shift the collective in more positive directions. February’s a great time for art, music, prayer, meditation, and anything that helps you feel connected to All That Is.

February 9, Saturn sextiles Wounded Healer Chiron. This transit offers supportive energy towards karmic healing and/or maturation acquired through the School of Hard Knocks. This week offers a good time for journaling, taking responsibility for your own healing, and/or consulting with a teacher or mentor.

February 11 New Moon in Aquarius brings the tally to six major planetary bodies in the sign of brotherly love and the cosmic rebel. This New Moon offers an extra sweet monthly reset as Jupiter and Venus kiss in the sky that same day. Big Love! On February 12, we start the Chinese New Year — year of the ox.

February 17 Saturn in Aquarius has his first exact square to Uranus in Taurus. We’ve already previewed these energies with the GameStop and Robinhood events in late January. Masses of small investors joined together to topple the big hedge funds. The establishment’s freak out woke up way more people to ideas of a rigged system, fractional reserve funny money, and the precarious nature of business as usual. These “we’re not gonna take it!” energies will last all year, punctuated by the exact Saturn-Uranus squares on February 17, June 15, and December 24, 2021.

If this transit were clothing brands, it would be prana, Free People or Anthropologie. If we were on a plane, the flight attendant would say, “Attention passengers. We’re experiencing some unexpected turbulence. Captain Universe has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt Sign.” If you do yoga, you’ll find that safely practicing inversions like shoulder-stand, headstand and plow pose yields even greater benefits than usual. The key to thriving in 2021 — especially during exact squares of Saturn and Uranus — is “expect the unexpected.” Learn to pivot in shifting sands. Find your wings and fly if the status quo runs off a cliff. Dancing to the beat of your own drum moves you through changing times, with fun and grace.

February 18, the Sun enters Pisces, shining on dewdrops of mystery, romance, beauty and higher love. Between the February 11 New Moon, Venus conjunct Jupiter, the Sun entering romantic Pisces, followed by Venus square Mars (supercharging attraction on the 19th), we can celebrate Valentine’s Week. Embrace true love, higher love — all aspects of love, including love for the cosmic beauty shining through you. Remember: Love is the most powerful force in the Universe.

February winds down with a Full Moon in Virgo on the 27th. Use Virgo’s Earth energy ruled by Mercury to ground yourself from any mental surprises or activation earlier this month. Virgo deals with daily habits, health, service and discernment. Pay attention to how you feel, and make dietary or other adjustments as needed. Focus on re-calibration.

How February’s sky weather affects you will vary, depending on your entire natal chart, but your North Node Horoscope transcends monthly sky events. That’s because your North Node reveals what your soul came here to do. By midlife, the soul starts longing and pressing us to live our true purpose. At first, it whispers through intuition. Then it knocks a little louder through “coincidences” and external events. When not heard and honored, the soul’s longing can show up as health crises, marriage or work issues, or wondering “is this all there is?” If you feel a need to reinvent yourself, following North Node guidance helps you do that authentically — for you.

Unlike generic Sun Sign horoscopes, which ignore so many other aspects, following North Node guidance will always lead you in the right direction. Doors open, healing happens, relationships improve, and life gets more magical. This monthly column will help you tap into your personal North Node Mojo. When you start living your North Node purpose, we all win, because you not only begin to light up your own life. You light up the world.           – Laura

You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. (If you’re right on a cusp, consider both options, or book a reading for more clarity.)

FIRST QUARTER 2021 NORTH NODE HOROSCOPES

ARIES NORTH NODE: The theme for First Quarter 2021 is finding a new balance of helping others and being helped. Your sign’s ruler, Mars, spent a record six month in Aries in 2020. That fiery energy activated destiny level shifts for Aries North Node natives. Now you need to ground those shifts into tangible, real world things. “Put your money where you mouth is” can mean literally funding your new venture, or it could mean “talk is cheap, get to work!” You might need to use some of your Libra South Node skills to negotiate financial support for a new idea or circumstance that puts you in a leadership role. In any case, you’ll want to pay more attention to the 3D steps to solidify whatever inspiration or passion ignited during the second half of 2020. This first quarter of 2021 brings a chance for healing, love, and rebirth. Hard work pays dividends.

TAURUS NORTH NODE: First Quarter 2021 urges unusual, innovative and unexpected upgrades in communication. This can include animals, Spirit Guides, and crystals, as well as cyberspace. Pay attention to sudden insights that arrive through friction or irritation. Your perceptions are high right now. If you feel the need for increased boundaries, build those into your daily life. Slow and steady movement on larger projects ensures you’ll still make progress, even if things take longer than you planned. “Delay leads to delight.” Allow for more time than you think you need. Pay attention to how spiritual forces impact your body. You might feel better implementing daily prayer or meditation, yoga or tai chi. Feel the flow of energy in your home, too. January through March encourages you to reorganize your closet or feng shui your home. Ask yourself if this stuff still feels like “you” or if you need an upgrade.

GEMINI NORTH NODE: Indulge your gift of the gab, and start writing! Whether in a journal, blog, letters or book, you need to express yourself during First Quarter 2021. Gemini North Node natives are learning to consider two or more sides to everything. New perspectives allow you to find love and community in unexpected places. Tell your story, and give yourself a happy ending. Then, continue balancing all the elements, so that you can keep walking forward, no matter how much you want to dig in your heels. Yours is one of the most magical North Node signs — if you allow yourself to recognize and receive the messages. The Universe, God, angels, and animals all love to communicate with those who have “eyes to see and ears to hear.” You can heal yourself and others by opening to wonder. Life is complex and beautiful. Follow synchronicity and embrace the Mystery.

CANCER NORTH NODE: You don’t need to do it all yourself! First Quarter 2021 asks you to focus on partnership and nurturing. You might feel off kilter from all the external drama in January, but take a moment to assess if anyone’s really getting hurt. Your Capricorn South Node likes order and a certain amount of tradition. The new energies in rebel Aquarius can rock foundations. You’ll feel better as you move from judgment into feeling. It’s OK to feel afraid sometimes. Expressing your vulnerable side lets others know you’re in this together. When you express your own need for support, you find the security you seek. Not by being perfect, but by connecting with those you love. Aquarian energy has an outward focus, yet you thrive by tending to your own family, home and private sphere. The world will sort itself out — or not. Life rewards you for soft touches, womb-like cocoons, and gentle words and tones.

LEO NORTH NODE: Maturation is the name of the game with so many planets moving through your South Node sign of Aquarius. Whenever multiple planets cross your South Node, old acquaintances and familiar patterns vie for your attention. Take some time to assess where you’ve been, so that you can feel more satisfied with wherever you feel led. Going along to get along won’t serve you anymore. You need to get in touch with whatever makes your heart sing. First Quarter 2021 asks you to embrace the Divine Feminine. Her energy might come through the January 28 Full Moon in Leo, your own enhanced intuition, or an energizing chat with a female friend. Watch for new opportunities, especially if they arise through seeming friction or irritation. Instead of roaring in frustration, cultivate some catlike curiosity. Position yourself to pounce on unexpected solutions, including financial windfalls.

VIRGO NORTH NODE: The big First Quarter event for Virgo North Node natives is the February 27 Full Moon in Virgo. You’ll get more out of this transit if you prepare yourself ahead of time. Spend some time in quiet retreat. 2021 would be a great time to commit to a daily spiritual practice. Regular meditation, yoga or scheduled time in prayer helps you to welcome spiritual support into daily life. “Commitment” is your power word this year. Use January to get clear, and then find ways to solidify your devotion. This integration of mystical inspiration with practical steps allows you to thrive no matter what happens around you. Reach for the light at the end of the tunnel, knowing you can make your way there, step by careful step. Focus on the scenery as you make your way to any bigger picture goal. Those little jewels bring so much wealth and beauty to your journey. “God is in the details.” ~Ludwig Meis van der Rohe

LIBRA NORTH NODE: Focus on “Forgiveness” during First Quarter 2021. Forgiving yourself and others frees you to move more fully and joyfully into the Now. Ask yourself, “What old wounds, resentments or battles can I release in order to make room for something better?” Because something better wants to find you. Your astro climate changed on Winter Solstice. Supportive Aquarian energies offer release after years of pressure. Leaning into this innovative and cooperative zeitgeist will help you transcend isolated or lone wolf tendencies. Look for unconventional, yet practical solutions to problems. Old tools used in new ways. Anger can turn to frustration, depression — or determination. Practice choosing where and how to direct your feelings. You can harness the energy of raw emotions as rocket fuel for living a more magical life. Things flow better for you when you partner with others, including invisible helpers and unusual friends. Begin to explore how Loving Connection forms the fabric of the Universe.

SCORPIO NORTH NODE: Yours is one of the most intuitive of the North Node signs. Your feelings run deep, and sometimes fear limits you from flying. Your Taurus South Node wants security, proceeding step by little step, but your life path involves quantum leaps and regeneration. Pay attention to timing during First Quarter 2021. Yes, you’ll feel some occasional traffic jams and roadblocks from all the planets in Aquarius and Taurus, but don’t give up on opportunities. “No” might simply mean “not yet.” It might also mean, “No, not this: something so much better!” Allow yourself to recognize your need and desire for intimacy, deep sharing, and the ability to move through raw emotions. You’ll experience greater calm and clarity as you realize that “This, too, shall pass” doesn’t only mean loss. As the zodiac’s alchemists, Scorpio North Node natives can turn metaphorical lead into gold. “Transmutation” is your word for First Quarter 2021. Find a creative outlet for all that energy.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE: The collective South Node continues making its way through your North Node sign. This tension between old and new, collective and personal increases the importance of perfect timing. Don’t let delays dim your faith. Powerful Aquarian energies support you now. Aquarius Air fans Sagittarius fire. You might feel this as heartwarming connections with friends, both old and new. You could also find yourself supercharged and renewed by philosophical, religious or scholarly ideas. Explore ways to bring more of this passion into everyday life. Knowing something feels different than thinking about something. Focus on knowing. Strong beliefs ignite and expand your outer world experience. Be bold. Your soul needs big adventures. If 3D world travel restrictions feel too tight, then open your mind and heart to inner travel. You’ve got a great mind and powerful intuition. Practice integrating these competing sides of yourself. When in doubt, pray. Ask for Divine Guidance and follow where it leads.

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE: What wisdom can you extract from the last three years? Looking backwards at the beginning of a year helps you get grounded before building something big. Use the First Quarter to nurture your body, assess finances and appreciate the bounty you’ve gathered in all areas of life. You’ve worked hard, Capricorn! With a better sense of where you’ve been, prepare to prune anything out of alignment with the direction you feel led to grow. Keep plans close to your vest. You do better not telegraphing your every move. Hearing too much commentary weakens your resolve, because you empath other people’s fears and emotional reactivity. If you seek more clarity, then a journal or life coach may serve you better than a well meaning, but dream crushing friend or family member. You can climb literal and metaphorical mountains. Sometimes the journey feels hard. Refresh yourself by swimming in an alpine lake — or with an at home spa day — then keep going. Life rewards your determination.

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE: Although transition remains a long, slow process, we officially entered the Age of Aquarius on Winter Solstice 2020. First Quarter 2021 brings powerful activation for Aquarius North Node natives. You might not realize it, but you’re in your element. Focus on unusual guidance and lightning bolt insights. Sometimes life will feel chaotic, like you’ve jumped on the back of a wild horse. Other times, you’ll feel the slow, stabilizing force of traditional Saturn in liberating Aquarius. Embrace changes that feel urgent or deeply necessary, but don’t force yourself to work too hard. When big planets move through your North Node sign, the “open door, closed door” effect becomes more obvious. Stop banging your head against closed doors. Something will open for you, and it will do so right on time. Once things get going, destiny will pull you along. You just need to cultivate balance and ground the energy pulsing through you. Record your ideas, whether in a journal or on your phone. Inspiration will strike. These moments are fleeting yet powerful. Harness them.

PISCES NORTH NODE: “Creative daydreaming” is your phrase for First Quarter 2021. Before you commit to anything, make sure it feels soft, nurturing and/or magical. Yours is the dreamiest North Node sign. The collective nodal axis continues to square your North and South Node signs. This can feel like friction or restriction. Try not to get bogged down in details. You don’t need to plan everything ahead of time. In fact, planning too much slows you down. If something seems delayed, go back to the dreaming board. Literally ask your dreams to help you find and live your most beautiful and inspired life. Spend time in mystical pursuits: prayer, chanting, even a good soak in the tub. Add some candlelight and Chopin — whatever it takes to bring mind chatter to a minimum. Your Spirit merges into Oneness whenever you let go. From this womblike connection flow all the elements of creative life.

January 28 Full Moon in Leo

My January forecast notes:

The Full Moon in Leo arrives on January 28 at 2:16 p.m. Eastern. This Full Moon gets amplified by Jupiter conjuncting the Sun in Aquarius. Jupiter expands, so this Full Moon gets extra oomph, while also squaring volatile Mars conjunct Uranus in Taurus. Venus now meets Pluto, suggesting shifts in romance, relationships, arts, values and beauty. Relationships could end or deeply transform at this time. Focus on true intimacy and the regenerative power of love.

AstroButterfly gives a nice write-up describing the powerful T-square among the Sun/Jupiter in Aquarius, the Full Moon in Leo and Mars in Taurus. Given various dreams with a recurring T-square symbol or emphasis, I’m paying attention! You can click here to read the AstroButterfly write-up. It emphasizes the heart, a big Leo theme, and one I’m also paying attention to because this Full Moon at 9° Leo occurs very close to my own progressed Venus.

Speaking of Venus, the conjunction of Venus and Pluto at 25° Capricorn brings depth and intimacy to relationships, possibly bringing deeper commitment and beauty. Some things will become undeniable, as Venus, Goddess of Love, runs cleanup crew to all those earlier planets moving through Capricorn and conjuncting Pluto, the planet of death and rebirth. The Sun-Jupiter conjunction at the same time of the Full Moon T-square and this intense Venus-Pluto contact suggests some kind of blessing. Ask to recognize and receive the blessing(s), because with all those intense energies, you might be tempted to look the other way.

One of the biggest things I notice about this Full Moon is that the asteroid Hygiea conjuncts the Full Moon at 9° Leo. In mythology, Hygiea was one of the daughters of Asclepius, the father of medicine. Hygiea deals with hygiene, but also “preventative medicine.” As we continue in the miasma of ongoing astro energies — including Neptune squaring the collective nodal axis — we would be wise to ask ourselves, “What kind of preventative medicine can I employ in my life?” Neptune squaring the collective nodal axis brings confusion about where we’ve been and where we’re headed — as a collective. We can’t know the exact outcome or how we got where we find ourselves right now, but we can strengthen and support our health, on all levels.

Which healthy habits keep you balanced? What conversations might help with emotional balance in relationships? Is it time for a cleanse of some sort? Would you benefit from a salt water bath, or more fresh veggies and green juices?

The Sabian Symbol for Hygiea and this Full Moon is 10° Leo (always round up unless it’s exactly the degree and 00′). According to Dane Rudhyar:

PHASE 130 (LEO 10°): EARLY MORNING DEW SPARKLES AS SUNLIGHT FLOODS THE FIELD.

KEYNOTE: The exalted feeling that rises within the soul of the individual who has successfully passed through the long night which has tested his strength and his faith.

You can read more by clicking here. To me, this underscores that blessings are available if we lean into the energies of this Full Moon. Explore and honor our deepest feelings, trust our hearts, clear out the crud, and prepare for “Transfiguration.” That’s the final keyword of this degree. 11:11 a.m. as I type this!

Transfiguration refers to a powerful transformation event, and it has religious overtones. In Christianity, “Transfiguration” refers to Jesus on the mountain, when he becomes “radiant in glory” in front of his disciples. The Full Moon occurs right at this “Transfiguration point,” and it’s a Full Moon opposite the Sun (light) conjunct Jupiter (king/expands everything he touches) in a T-square to Mars (personal will), while Venus (love) conjuncts Pluto (the Shadow and the depths) — all while Hygiea offers preventative healing to “the soul of the individual who has successfully passed through the long night which has tested his strength and his faith.”

I can’t say exactly what this means for everyone (Neptune’s still squaring the collective nodal axis!) … but it feels powerful and holy. Something big is going on throughout all these long, slow, intense transits punctuated by potent conjunctions and the ebb and flow of the Moon. Take some time in the coming days to commit more deeply to your own healing and radiance.

Mars Conjunct Uranus and Black Moon Lilith in Taurus ~ January 20-21

You don’t need to be an astrologer to recognize the powerful, intense, chaotic energies in play right now. AstroButterfly does a great job putting these energies into context, and you can read that post by clicking here. My January Forecast mentioned:

Expect high tensions and emotions, and use whatever tools you have to become the calm within the storm. Those with cool heads and focused attention can benefit from chaos. Prepare yourself to seize any rare opportunities. Also on January 20, Mars exactly conjuncts Uranus in Taurus. The sign of Taurus tempers some of the volatility of this meeting, but expect the unexpected. Some unusual solution or non-conformist willpower may upset the status quo. Preparation allows you to work these transits to your advantage.

Two factors amp up the normal volatility of Mars conjunct Uranus: an additional conjunction with Black Moon Lilith and a square by Jupiter in Aquarius. Lilith was Adam’s first wife, who refused to submit, including sexually. Uranus is the Cosmic Rebel, Mars the Warrior, and Jupiter expands everything he touches.

Uranus rules rebel Aquarius, where Jupiter blows revolutionary wind and friction towards all that action in Taurus. Venus, Goddess of Love, rules Taurus, that earthy sign of the body, the tangible, physical, financial and beautiful. Venus/Taurus also play a role in self-esteem. Desire for liberation at all costs will huff and puff from multiple directions. Finding ways to ground that energy into love and self-respect will ease your experience of these powerful energies.

Sometimes considered a “minor” aspect, Black Moon Lilith shows up in situations of abuse, especially sexual abuse, hysteria, trauma, reproductive issues, and autoimmune reactions. Uranus intensifies and goads on Lilith’s reactive energy and her refusal to submit to abusive situations. If you find these energies rising in or around you, remember that we can consciously choose to experience the archetypes and energies on different levels.

Towards the end of the post “Mars Conjunct Uranus ~ I See RED,” AstroButterfly notes that the Sabian Symbol for the Mars-Uranus Conjunction is “The Woman of Samaria.” Dane Rudhyar’s meditation on this symbol (copied below) blows me away in its synchronicity with current energies. Few women in the Bible so well personify both the negative and positive potential of Black Moon Lilith. Read from a mystical perspective, this passage reveals deep, transformative and healing opportunities on offer.

Be gentle with yourself, and keep your eyes, ears, and hearts peeled for whispers of kindness, grace and a new reality. You can read more Dane Rudhyar Sabian Symbols here. During these powerful — in some ways unprecedented times — I feel this energy is important to share in full context here. It’s difficult and unwise to ignore the intense archetypes vying for freedom and control, but we can ALWAYS choose to experience archetypes on different levels. A mystical eye finds blessings that the physical eyes may miss:

PHASE 37 (TAURUS 7°): THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA AT THE ANCESTRAL WELL.

KEYNOTE: The meeting of the traditional past and of the creative spirit pointing to the future.

The symbol refers to a most important, but usually narrowly interpreted (or interpreted away!) episode of the Christ mythos. Early in his ministry, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at an ancestral well. This woman belongs to a tribe despised by the Jews; moreover, she is unmarried and therefore on the fringe of even her own society. It is to just that kind of woman that Jesus reveals that he is the Messiah: “I am He,” a revelation that he apparently will not bestow even upon his disciples, at least not in words. (Words in occultism are the creative factor.)

What does this mean? Jesus, as the Avatar incorporating the Christ-Impulse, came to replace the old tribal order with a new order based on universal Love. It is not to representatives of, or even to men still attached to, the old order that Jesus could reveal his spiritual, evolutionary and society-transforming status; they had instead to reach a point where they could discover his avatar-ship – as did Peter just before the Transfiguration scene. But to the woman of Samaria – who, in her openness to love’s urgings, had already repudiated any narrow subservience to the old order – Jesus could reveal his function. The highest meets the lowest when this lowest is free from traditional bonds and open to love. The creative future descends first to that which has become chaos. An old order is never open to a new Revelation until it has accepted disorder in the name of that Power which subsumes all forms of order, i.e. Love.

In this second stage of the five-fold sequence, a contrasting element enters upon the scene. It is no longer a collective-cultural effort based on past knowledge — as in the preceding symbol — but a “meeting” that introduces into the collective situation a totally new factor which transcends it. A NEW QUALITY OF BEING is revealed which renders the old patterns obsolete.

New Moon in Capricorn Conjunct Pluto

Tonight’s New Moon promises to pack a wallop. My January Forecast briefly mentioned some of these energies:

The January 13 New Moon in Capricorn falls within minutes of last year’s Saturn-Pluto Conjunction. In the Eastern time zone, this New Moon occurs at the stroke of midnight, a year and a day after the Conjunction that colored all of 2020. “A year and a day” represents a magical time of completion or full initiation. Happening at the hinge point of midnight on the 13th, so close to the degree of the powerful Saturn-Pluto Conjunction, this dark passage forms a birth canal. Honor how you’ve changed and grown since January 12, 2020. Some major process of destruction and renovation will complete and reset with this New Moon.

The next day, January 14 holds potential for wild changes and eruptions. That’s the day that rebel Uranus stations direct in stable Taurus. Stationing direct supercharges influence of an outer planet, and Uranus is the most volatile. Fiery Mars in Taurus fast approaches lightning bolt liberator Uranus, adding intensity and volatility. All this, while expansive Jupiter squares Uranus, karmic Saturn squares Mars, and the Sun shines a spotlight on Pluto’s Underworld. Where and how this intensity affects you depends on your full natal chart, but collectively, we can expect something big to shift mid-month.

I noted the uncanny timing of the New Moon in the Eastern US time zone, which includes Washington, DC. For some parts of the world, this New Moon will occur on the 12th and for other parts, later on the 13th. The stroke of midnight and “year and a day” energy required a mention. No matter where you live, this New Moon occurs within 1.5 degrees of Pluto in Capricorn. This combo emphasizes a total reset and rebirth of major structures and institutions. These can be personal and/or collective.

This year and a day completion term of the Saturn-Pluto Conjunction reminds me of a dream I had in October 2019. It involved “special mandala floors” that would “ensure everyone gets where they need to go in the event of an earthquake.” You can think of Pluto as the earthquake, with Saturn going ahead and forging these special mandala floors. As so many old structures crumble, many upgrades and renovation have already been put in place — both personally and collectively. There is much to be grateful for amidst the chaos and confusion — for those with eyes to see.

Pluto destroys whatever stands in the way of transformation or transmutation. Think of the phoenix rising from its own ashes, a death and rebirth cycle. Pluto also wants you to find a new balance of power, freeing you from oppression and victimization. Persephone gets whisked into Hades, raped and her innocence destroyed, but she emerges a Queen. She embraces the cycles of life and death. When she returns from the depths, she brings the Sun and warmth and tender buds.

Pluto rules the Underworld, Chthonic Realm, the Shadow, the heavy hand of destiny, primal Nature, and the deepest subconscious and soul needs. I love Pluto, but only because I embrace that realm enough to find and excavate its hidden gems. The Lord of the Underworld offers strength, grit and a powerful chance to “Know Thyself.”

AstroButterfly goes into much more New Moon Conjunct Pluto detail here.

With the amount of chaos, fear-mongering, revelations and suppression right now, it’s anyone’s guess what will come lumbering out of the Underworld. In addition to the Shadow, Pluto’s realm contains real gems. Crystals, deep subconscious impulses, regeneration, power, and sexuality. While we can’t fully avoid the archetypes, we can choose to experience them on different levels. Dane Rudhyar’s Sabian Symbol for this New Moon degree offers encouragement and a suggested focus:

PHASE 294 (CAPRICORN 24°): A WOMAN ENTERING A CONVENT.

KEYNOTE: Total commitment to a transcendent goal.

A convent is a place made available by a community which believes in the possibility of reaching a world-transcending state of consciousness. It is made available to individuals who may be variously motivated. To some it is an escape from the intolerable pressures of family and society; to others it represents the possibility of pursuing in peace a spiritual ideal to which the whole being aspires and is totally dedicated. The important point, in this phase of the cyclic process, is that the existence of a convent expresses another aspect of the relationship between the society (its religion and culture) and the individual. In the preceding symbol society rewarded the individual for a noble performance in its service; here society accepts the fact that beyond its daily normal patterns of behavior and commitments, another way of life exists which, in a higher sense, also has social value. In the old Hindu society dominated by a rigid caste system, the ideal embodied in the sannyasi — the wandering holy man or yogi meditating in a forest or a cave, who had entirely given up all that caste implied — was seen to be the very culmination of the social process.

In this fourth stage symbol we see the paradoxical nature of the social process operating more strongly than ever. This derives from the fact that man’s nature contains in seed the possibility of overcoming and transcending itself in acts of complete denials and of surrender to a “higher” Law or quality of being. All spiritual techniques are indeed paradoxical. Rigid discipline conditions pure inner freedom. The final goal is the attainment of TRANSCENDENT SECURITY.

Again, the “Transcendent Security” reminds me of my mandala floors dream where the circles in the floor tipped in just the right way to slide everyone where they need to be “in the event of an earthquake.” I mention that dream because I had it twice, back to back, just as Pluto stationed Direct in October 2019. I’ve watched this message play out over the past year plus. Challenging external times offer a chance to connect with true support, which is ultimately a spiritual process. Take some time to go deep.